Florence Fennel 'Romanesco'

This is a late summer sowing variety of Florence fennel which forms the largest, most succulent bulbs. More
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This is a late summer sowing variety of Florence fennel which forms the largest, most succulent bulbs. Yet it remains tasty, tender and sweet.

Out of the many varieties I've tried, this one reigns supreme always bulbing up well in my garden, but the secret with this and any Florence fennel is not to sow too early.

Genus Foeniculum vulgare var. azoricum
Group/Species Heirloom
Variety Romanesco
Type Hardy Annual
Common Name Florence Fennel, Bulbing Fennel
Soil Type Fertile, Sandy
Site Full Sun
Moisture Well-drained
Height Up to 90cm (36in)
Spacing 20cm (8in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow direct June - August. You can speed the germination process up by sowing into a length of guttering under cover and transplanting outside.
Care Tips This requires consistent moisture levels to prevent bolting. If you allow one of these to go to seed, you won't need to plant it again for a few years. Grow in a corner of your garden that is far away from other plants, as this will inhibit it's growth.
Storing Store in a plastic bag in the fridge for 3-4 days - it will lose it's flavour with time, so preferably eat it within 24 hours of picking.
Harvesting September-October, once the bulbs have reached the size of a tennis ball. Leave the roots in the ground, so that it can regrow. These are hardy, so will continue to grow even during hard frosts.
Cooking Notes Enjoy the stalks, bulbs and leaves raw or cooked. Try Sarah's Roasted fennel and grape flatbread recipe, or fennel and apple salad with roasted pumpkin seeds.
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  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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